She isn't dead. But almost. I watch and wait. Two faint hairs just below her swollen lip move as she still breathes. She has to give up soon.

She has not been able to speak since it happened. She thrashed and threw and banged. I listened to that for three days. When she quieted I waited another day and then unlocked the door. There was quite a mess but I didn't make her clean it up.  She should have thanked me for that. I won't hold it against her since she can't talk anymore.

She was quite the talker. She talked when she had nothing to say. She talked when she should have said nothing. I used to watch words slide out of her mouth, chase around the yard and then take off down the road. Because of her everyone knew about me. And that wasn't right.

If she could have held her tongue, she would still have it.

Originally Published on Open Salon, October 2010

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Comment by nerd cred on October 31, 2015 at 12:51am

Very, very creepy.

Comment by Julie Johnson on October 31, 2015 at 2:22am

Loved that last line !  

Comment by koshersalaami on October 31, 2015 at 4:32am
Good horror tale
Comment by JMac1949 Today on October 31, 2015 at 7:37am

R&L.  So very glad to read it, even if it is a re-post.  Hoping we will soon see many more new post from you.  ;-D

Comment by Alysa Salzberg on October 31, 2015 at 3:46pm

Wow. This was powerful and terrifying.  Great story - I'm glad you re-posted it!

Comment by Anna Herrington on November 1, 2015 at 1:30pm

Mime! both a thrill to see you post here - and eek! that is creepy.  Hope you and yours had a fun Halloween ~

Comment by DaisyJane on November 2, 2015 at 4:27am


Comment by Arthur James on November 2, 2015 at 7:01am


I am glad I gave a long comment

on your last post. Comment two.

Sorry to sense grief on Monday.



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